Season 1 Episode 6

The Trail

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 10, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
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85 votes

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Episode Summary

Gideon intensifies his investigation into the Amanda Tanner case and in doing so finds a connection between Olivia Pope and the Grant when he was running for office. Olivia's background with Grant are seen through retrospect.

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  • Amazing as always!

    I just watched 5 episodes in a day, so I think everyone can assume how much I love this show

    This episode earned a 10 because of the raw chemistry involved. The way the camera lingers on Grant and Olivia outside of his campaign room as they share one full minute together makes you forget you're watching professional actors, and think that you've stumbled upon a private moment you weren't meant to see. Likewise, the fact that they either muted or lowered the volume in that scene spoke volumes (ironically enough). It was if you could hear them both breathing as they stared at each other, uncertain, scared, and yet way the director(s)/producer paralleled that scene with Grant and Olivia sitting on her couch, heartbroken that they're perpetually stuck between a wall dividing careers and love, is a mastery of film techinique! Yes, this episode could've possibly used more time devoted to the present, but how many times have shows either not given us backstories to characters or even used episodes Shield!) to go away from the present plotline and focus an hour on flashbacks. This show has it all for those open minded to cherish it. Say goodbye to stereotypes (you're not going to get an interracial couple put on screen just for the sake of being different, you're not going to get stereotypes of men who abuse their power for the sake of manipulating a woman for the purpose of sex, and you're not going to get stereotypes of gay characters). We need this show. We need real characters in realistic situations!moreless
  • Pretty good.

    It was pretty entertaining, what with the interesting cdevelopments and a breathtaking cliffhanger at the episode's ending! But then one can argue wthat the episode was living in the past and not doing enough in the present, which is why I rated it 9.5 instead o f 10. Th e scenes were entreataining, but I would prefer developments in the present day.

    Seeing Brenda Song on the episode made my day! Just love her, especially on The Suite Life, and I didn't recognise her by her face, but by her voice. :P That was awesoem seeing her here!

    Hopefully the show continues to get better, as it has been doing!moreless
  • And then THAT happened!

    WOW! This show has quickly escalated to the realm of my must-watch list. I never thought I would have said that about some little mid-season show that came out of nowhere, but WOW! The flashbacks were so relevant, and they connected everything together, all of the intertwining storylines, and drew them back to the present. And the ending! I literally gasped. He better be okay. Seriously. This episode was ridiculously tense and pulse-pounding, and I can't wait to watch the finale!moreless
  • getting better

    I definitely thought they did a good job in this episode of presenting the the Olivia/Fitz relationship. Lots and lots of seduction in this episode, which of course is the ultimate scandal, and I like how they upped the ante with some very seductive music! From James Brown ("Baby You're Right" plays when Quinn + Gideon are in bed together eating cheese) and The Album Leaf ("The Light" plays when Fitz and Liv are in the hallway and on Liv's couch) there was some great steamy music setting the mood.

    Best episode in awhile for this show, although I do hope that we see an increased role of the snoopy media in this show I think that'd be more realistic.moreless
  • More Flashbacks too wreck ones head!

    God that was an awful episode! The only good part occured at the end. I'm really disappointed because last weeks episode was very good. These flashbacks that shows do all the time has become very tiresome.
John Burke

John Burke

Paul Mosley

Guest Star

Jenny Cooper

Jenny Cooper

Kendal Parks

Guest Star

Lisa Canning

Lisa Canning


Guest Star

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

David Rosen

Recurring Role

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Vice President Sally Langston

Recurring Role

Matt Letscher

Matt Letscher

Billy Chambers

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Cyrus:: I can already feel the holy water burning my pagan flesh.

    • Fitz: (In a flashback to the presidential campaign) It's not our stances on the issues. We are not getting our message out there. People don't know where I stand. The problem is-
      Olivia: Your marriage. It looks like you don't screw your wife. Which would be fine, except that family values matter to Republicans. It's why they vote for who they vote for. And since Sally's got Jesus firmly on her side, that just leaves family. Marriage. Yours, whatever the truth may be, from the outside in, looks cold. Distant. Dead. Where is your wife, by the way? (Fitz doesn't answer) People want to like who they're voting for. People thought Al Gore was a big stiff until he stuck his tongue down Tipper's throat. They put George W. in office because he and Laura seemed like a fun couple to have a beer with. People have to want to invite you in for dinner. Right now, you and your wife are standing in their doorway, three feet apart, not looking at each other, letting in the cold air. That's why you lost Iowa. It's why you'll lose New Hampshire.
      Fitz: And you are?
      Olivia: Olivia. Pope.

    • Fitz: (on a flashback to the presidential campaign) God. Please don't. Don't be nice to me. I'm sitting here complaining to you about my wife, which is sleazy and low and not fair to you and the oldest trick in the book. Suddenly I'm looking down at myself and I'm... How did I get here? Why didn't I meet you sooner? What kind of a coward was I to marry her and not wait for you to show up?
      Olivia: Governor Grant--
      Fitz: Oh, for God's sake. We are so far beyond the "Governor Grant" crap. Just say my name.
      Olivia: That's crossing the line. It would be inappropriate.
      Fitz: Then let's be inappropriate. Say my name.
      Olivia: (after a 30 seconds silence) Fitz.

    • Fitz: You really want me to detail for you how and where and in what positions Amanda Tanner and I had sex? Would that help make you feel better? Because I'll do it.
      Olivia: No!
      Fitz: You left me, I was unhappy, she was there. One time. I made a mistake.
      Olivia: I don't want to talk about it! You cheated on your mistress with your girlfriend. Let's just leave it at that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 10, 2012 on Citytv
      Czech Republic: June 12, 2012 on Universal Channel
      Finland: December 15, 2013 on Liv